KONY 2012

12 Mar

Do you have 30 mins?
Please find the time today for KONY 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc.

As a fellow educator noted, this movement has “huge potential for both serious oversimplification and also deep education.” And fundamentally, for real change, yes globally as well as individually.

So please take 30 mins, plus a little extra to read up on the controversy:

And then decide for yourself: what will you do? You can forward the KONY 2012 link, you can do more research on the organization, you can support Blanket the Night on April 20th, you can find an alternative to stopping the abuse of children…

Whatever your opinion of KONY 2012–its viewpoint, tactics and rhetoric–I think this group and its viral campaign ask each of us to feel, to discern and to act for what we think is right.

One Response to “KONY 2012”

  1. Sally P. March 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Thanks for prompting me to investigate this! I had seen it light up on Facebook, but honestly ignored it because there was so much talk of a ‘scam’. So I appreciate your post, which motivated me to watch the video and read all about the controversy. I loved the video clip of the high school students in the UK, whose voices summed up the key issues of: evil does exist in the world, the power of the Internet is astonishing, there are compassionate human brings among us who want to end suffering and there are many layers to an issue. I thought the video was really well done – it was marketed brilliantly to young people who would respond with their hearts and great enthusiasm (it probably struck an off-note with their more cynical elders), and clearly it was not meant to to a full historical documentary on the travails of Uganda.

    Before I donate to a cause, I always check Guidestar and Charity Navigator to see if the organization has a history of financial responsibility (which Invisible Children does), and if this is the case, I’m happy to donate with abandon. No organization does it perfectly. And in some cases, screws up epically (I’m talking to you, Greg Mortenson of Three Cups of Tea fame!). Even if this slick video does nothing but raise awareness, I think the end result is a more educated public, and that can’t be a bad thing.

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